In 2018 LawInSport launched its global Mentoring Scheme with the aim to provide a practical mentoring scheme for students, lawyers as well as current and former athletes to help develop the next generation of sports lawyers.
Mentees can be at any stage on their career, but they must be interested in developing a career within the field of sports law in some capacity.
The scheme is designed to offer useful practical advice, some exposure to the type of work involved practising as a sports lawyer, and provide further opportunities for the mentee to engage with LawInSport’s professional network and make useful contacts in the sector.
Mentees must be:
- Able to demonstrate some real interest in sports law;
- Legally qualified or presently engaged on a course towards qualifying as a lawyer; and,
- Plus Members of LawInSport.
Mentors are established sports lawyers be it in-house counsel, solicitor, barrister, advocate or academic.
HOW TO APPLY - MENTEE
Each applicant should submit a short (1 page) C.V. and a cover letter addressing the minimum requirements and setting out why they would like to be a mentee.
Applicants will not be treated more favourably because they are more highly qualified, or have obtained qualifications from an institution considered to be superior from another. So long as the minimum requirement is met, all applicants will be considered.
Depending on the number of applications received it may be necessary for applicants to attend a short (10-15 minute) skype interview.
Applicants should hear back by end of July, if not before.
The scheme commences on in September each year for a period of 1 year.
The LawInSport Academy Mentoring Scheme is organised and run by LawInSport with the help of volunteers.
- Engage in a week’s work experience/shadowing opportunity for their Mentor at a mutually convenient time during the year.
- Meet with their mentor on at least two further occasions during the year for coffee, lunch or over phone/Skype to discuss the mentee’s progress and provide general advice and mentoring;
Participate and engage with other mentees;
- Write at least one blog article during their year for publication for LawInSport (whether written with the mentor or otherwise);
- Draft a short (i.e. 2 paragraphs) report about how the scheme worked out, and exchange it. LawInSport will have the right to republish any part of that report in a longer piece about the scheme.
The current scheme has 46 mentees from 13 countries around the world.